Since 2016, the Falun Gong-backed newspaper has used aggressive Facebook tactics and right-wing misinformation to create an anti-China, pro-Trump media empire.
Kevin RooseI spent the past few months reporting on The Epoch Times, trying to figure out how it went from small, obscure Falun Gong newspaper to giant, influential pro-Trump media empire. It was a wild ride!
Kevin RooseA few stray thoughts from my story in today's paper about The Epoch Times.
QAnon has become a linchpin of far-right media—and the effort to preemptively delegitimize the election.
Kevin Roose"The machine that moves information through the far-right ecosystem is preparing its audience for the very real chance that Trump will lose. Its goal is simple—to preemptively delegitimize any outcome but a clear victory by the incumbent."
Today, we are taking another step in our efforts to curb hate and harassment by removing more conspiracy theory content used to justify real-world violence.
Kevin RooseYouTube's updated policies will prohibit "content that threatens or harasses someone by suggesting they are complicit in one of these harmful conspiracies." Videos that discuss QAnon/Pizzagate without targeting people/groups won't be affected.
The platform is overrun with hate speech and disinformation. Does it actually want to solve the problem?
Kevin RooseBig @andrewmarantz story about how Facebook went from moderating by principle to allowing politicians and P.R. crises to dictate their rules.
"Pretty much the only language Facebook understands is public embarrassment."
The shift in tactics comes the same week as Twitter released new data stating that their ban on QAnon-related accounts was severely limiting the reach of the conspiracy theory.
Kevin RooseQAnon believers saw bans coming, which is partly why they started playing up Save Our Children memes and downplaying the pedophile cannibal stuff earlier this summer. @oneunderscore__ wrote about this
The company said an earlier effort to curb the conspiracy movement’s growth didn’t properly address its increasing popularity.
Kevin RooseFacebook banning all openly QAnon-related accounts is a big deal. As always, the million-dollar question is how they actually enforce the policy, but it's farther than many people expected them to go.
Kevin Roose, a Times tech columnist, has watched the baseless conspiracy theory grow from fringe internet subculture to mass movement, carefully calibrating his coverage along the way.
Kevin RooseFor Times Insider, I wrote about writing about QAnon, and the importance of identifying the normie tipping point.
Grateful to all the researchers and journalists who have done such great work on this topic, and informed my thinking and approach to it.
The veteran Times journalist discusses what we know about when Trump first tested positive, how the President has been trying to control the narrative around his illness, and the level of coronavirus denial among Republicans in Washington.
Kevin Roose“Since early Friday morning, when the White House announced Trump’s diagnosis, @maggieNYT’s byline has appeared on more than twenty stories”
Ahead of Tuesday’s debate, right-wing commentators (and President Trump’s campaign) speculated that Joe Biden might be equipped with a hidden earpiece. It’s a decades-old charge without much evidence.
Kevin RooseThe "hidden earpiece" theory that's going viral on the right today is not even remotely new. It dates to at least 2000, when Rush Limbaugh accused Al Gore of getting talking points fed to him on "Meet the Press," and resurfaced in 2004, 2008, and 2016.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg obituaries, reports of missing children and stories from a right-wing satire site made up the week’s most highly engaged stories on social media.
Kevin RooseTrying out a new "What Went Viral This Week" roundup, where we annotate @NewsWhip data about the 10 most-engaged URLs of the week.
This week: RBG obits, two (2) Babylon Bee posts, and a QAnon-adjacent trafficking story.
Videos and viral images claiming to tell “the truth about” Black victims of police shootings are years old. This week, they are circulating about Breonna Taylor.
Kevin RooseI wrote about "The Truth About," a time-tested format for right-wing activists looking to discredit victims of police violence, which was popularized by Stefan Molyneux on YouTube circa 2014 and is making a comeback with Charlie Kirk et al. this week.
Twitch is the world's leading video platform and community for gamers.
Kevin RooseStreaming is fun. Today @cwarzel and I talked to @Millicentsomer about QAnon and @CaseyNewton about Substack and Facebook. Chat was weirdly civil and great?
This is just a dumb experiment but pls tell us how to do better and who we should invite on next.